It’s still me, Almostgotit, and I’m so hungry I would eat stone soup if only I could find some. I’ve been thinking that a castle is bit much, and believe I’ll send Sam and Harry to a monastery today instead. A honeymoon in a monastery: yes, really! Maybe they will be served soup too. And maybe, if I find something better to eat today, tomorrow I’ll send them honeymooning to somewhere even more exotic. (Does anyone have a good recipe for Biltong or Bobotie?)
Creative Commons photo by jamelah
While a monastery might seem an ironic place for honeymooners to lodge, many monasteries support themselves by offering guest quarters, a few of them even allowing romantic cohabitation. Some require guests to observe rules of silence, or to participate in the work and worship of the monks; others merely offer quiet, clean accommodations and good, simple food for body and soul. This recipe would probably serve an entire monastery full of people. – Almostgotit
8 pounds ground chuck
8 onions, chopped
8 14-ounce cans chicken broth
8 14-ounce cans beef broth
8 30-ounce cans diced tomatoes
16 15-oz. cans kidney beans, drained
2 cabbages, sliced
4 pounds carrots, sliced (or baby carrots, cut in half)
3 Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
6 cups water
Brown beef with onion. Drain well. Add all other ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook until vegetables are tender, approximately one hour. May add more Worchestershire sauce, garlic, or beef bouillion to taste. No extra salt is needed.
- Vegetarian monks and other romantic types
might prefer this fantastic “Lively up yourself” Lentil Soup recipe from the fab food blog 101 cookbooks.
- Planning your own monastic honeymoon?
Here are a few more monasteries that welcome couples:
Saint John’s Abbey (Collegeville, Minnesota)
Monastery of the Holy Cross (Chicago, Illinois)
Private Island Monastery (Luxurious former monastery on a private island near Venice, Italy)
Buckfast Monastery (Devonshire, England) bonus: besides being in a gorgeous location, the monastery has a restaurant famous for its Devonshire cream teas and treacle tarts!